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Two men charged in slaying of Indiana pastor's wife

Source: USA Today

INDIANAPOLIS — Detectives have arrested two men in connection with the shooting death of a pastor's wife attacked in her home earlier this month, authorities said Monday.

Larry Taylor, 18, of Indianapolis was arrested overnight on a preliminary charge of murder. He also faces felony burglary, theft, robbery, auto theft and criminal confinement charges along with a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license, according to electronic court filings.

A second man, Jalen Watson, 21, was taken into custody later Monday and charged with murder, felony burglary, theft, robbery and auto theft, court filings show. he is listed as Taylor's co-conspirator.

The arrests mark the first big break in what police have said was a burglary attempt that resulted in the slaying of Amanda Blackburn, the 28-year-old pregnant mother of a toddler.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/23/suspect-murder-pastors-wife/76248516/

Glad they caught them. They were so young and now have ruined their lives along with the victim and family. Just a horrible story all around.

New ISIS video threatens attack on White House

The Dijla branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a new video depicting unidentified jihadists celebrating the recent attacks on Paris and vowing the attacks would "conclude with the so-called White House."

In the video - titled "Paris Before Rome" -- militants warn French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama "and those who follow in his footsteps" to expect more strikes.

"We shall burn you with our suicide belts and our car bombs. We shall track you down wherever you go," a militant proclaims.

The jihadists warn that the attacks on France would expand to Washington, D.C.

"We began with you, and we shall conclude with the so-called White House. We shall turn it even blacker than our fire by the will of Allah," a militants says in the video. "Better still ... we shall blow it up just like we blew up the idols on this good land."


Well the debate tomorrow has just gone 180

I believe it was going to be more economy drive and now it will be foreign policy driven no doubt. Hope everyone is ready.

The movie "Truth"

Well I just got back from seeing the movie "Truth" about Dan Rather and CBS story about George Bush's National Guard time.

Ok first thing. The acting was great.

The story was unbelievable. Not sure what they were trying to do but what they showed was a complete incompetence of a group of reputable reporters who turned a story into a completely negligent mess. It is actually embarrassing how horrible they screwed up.

I would be interested in other reactions. I think I am going to see a lot of agreement in my assessment.

I wanted to cheer for this movie but instead was very disappointed in the reporters and the lost opportunity to really find the truth about President Bush. I doubt that President Bush even knew about this mess.

Senate Passes Budget That Would Fund Government Into 2017

Source: NPR

The Senate passed a bill at 3:12 a.m. Friday that would raise the debt ceiling and fund the government into 2017. This means that there would be no fiscal standoffs and threats of government shutdown for more than a year.

The measure is now on its way to the White House for President Obama's signature, NPR's Ailsa Change reports for the Newscast unit:

"For months, there was real concern the looming Nov. 3 deadline to lift the debt ceiling was going to send Congress into crisis mode, right when it was picking a new Speaker of the House.
"But now Congress has days to spare, having passed a budget agreement that raises the debt ceiling until March 2017. The deal also increases federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years — splitting that amount evenly between defense and domestic programs.
"The agreement was negotiated by former Speaker John Boehner, three other congressional leaders and the White House. The newly elected Speaker, Paul Ryan, supported the deal but says he'll ensure a more inclusive process next time important legislation is at stake."
As we reported earlier this week, the package also includes provisions that delay a hike in Medicare premiums, sell oil from the emergency reserve to offset spending, and shift Social Security money around.

"The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will, as of right now, be unable to pay full benefits late next year, when it would have to slash them by 19 percent. This bill would shift money from the old age fund and into the disability fund — a tactic Congress has used several times before."

Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/30/452941227/senate-passes-budget-agreement-funding-the-government-into-2017

Discuss......Looks like the Democratic Senators went with quite a few Republicans. Of course Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio all tried to filibuster it and failed as usual.

Melissa Harris discusses hard worker and why not to use that phrase

I never thought about it before watching the show but she makes a very good point. We do need to be careful on who we call a hard worker. I know I will keep this in mind from now on.

Slurpee confrontation leads to open fire

DETROIT — A Detroit woman is behind bars after she shot at another driver during an alleged road rage incident.

It started at a 7/11 gas station.

“To be completely honest with you, I went to throw my Slurpee at her,” the man said.

But India McDougal said she felt threatened.

“I’m a licensed CPL holder so I shot at him because I didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” she said.

Police say the drivers told very different stories in their 911 calls.

While McDougal said the man got out of his car and walked to her window, the man says he stayed at a distance and just threw his Slurpee at her.

“The fact that she says he came up to her window, threw it in her eyes, blinded her, and feared for her life. That’s not on the video,” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, with Macomb County, said.

Traffic cams show that the man did get out of his car, but didn’t approach the woman. She fires at him anyway.

The bullet shattered the passenger’s window of the man’s car, but no one was injured.

McDougal was charged with a felony. The man is facing misdemeanor charges.


He wasted a good slurpee......

My debate ranking



Two people shot dead and multiple casualties outside police headquarters in Sydney

Have no idea how this could happen in Australia.


What is most strange is it happened yesterday. Somebody must have smuggled the guns into Australia since it is illegal to have guns in the country.

Gun Control

I see many are applauding the President on Gun Control and I do as well. However, our opportunity for gun control was in 2009-2010 when we held both houses of Congress and for a little while had 60 Senators. That was the time for the President to pass comprehensive Gun Control. We had it in our hands easily. Suddenly when we do not have the Congress at all, the President is asking Congress to pass what should already have been passed. How can he not apologize to every American for not doing the job already. I am so disappointed that nothing was done during that incredible opportunity. The Republicans couldn't even complain about it because they couldn't stop it at all. We had a blank check!

I suppose I will be bashed by this but I imagine everyone will agree even if they don't want to.
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